News & Events

Open House

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Once again, there will be an opportunity to meet members of the Cluster Team by coming to the “Open House” that will take place on Monday 14th September between 5.30 pm – 7 pm at St Augustine’s Church in Heelands.

This is an opportunity to speak to one of the Priests or Cluster Team about Baptisms, Sacramental Programmes, Weddings, and anything else.

Blessed Carlo Acutis

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On Saturday 10 October 2020, the Church declared Carlo Acutis, a 15 year old boy who died in 2006, Blessed. This incredible young boy had a great devotion to the Eucharist and created a website dedicated to Eucharistic miracles which can be found here 

For the story on the life of this saintly Millennial, please click on the picture above to listen to the youtube video.

Operation Christmas Child

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Once again, “Operation Christmas Child Shoebox” is a fantastic opportunity to share the joy of Christmas and show God’s love in a tangible way by sending a gift to a child living in poverty.

Simply fill a shoebox with gifts and other items (plus a suggested £5 to cover shipping) to St Mary’s Church, Woburn Sands (MK17 8NN) on Sunday before the 11 am Mass. The final Sunday will be the 1st of November.

For further information on what to pack and for a shoebox label  click on the link below!
https://shoeboxonline.samaritans-purse.org.uk/

First holy Communion 2020

communionEveryone involved should now have received the details of last term’s postponed First Communion preparation programme. The First Communion Masses will be celebrated on:

Saturday 7th November at
St Edward’s

Saturday 28th November at
St Augustine’s, Our Lady of Lourdes
and St Mary’s

Saturday 5th December at
Christ the King

Unfortunately it will only be possible for the immediate family members to attend these Masses. Details of the 2020/21 programme will be available after Christmas.

Confirmation 2020

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In light of the fact that the Confirmation preparation that had already started had to be postponed due to the Pandemic, it has now been agreed that there will be 3 more sessions before the end of the year. This will ensure that our young people are adequately prepared to receive this Sacrament which in turn will hopefully be celebrated early in 2021.

The new dates are:

Tuesday 3rd November – 7pm – 8.30pm
Tuesday 17th November – 7pm – 8.30pm
Tuesday 1st December – 7pm – 8.30pm

The sessions will take place in St Augustine’s and in line with guidance from both the Government and the Bishop’s Conference.

***Please note that these dates are for young people who had already started the Confirmation Session prior to “lockdown” – the dates for those who wish to begin the Confirmation Programme in 2021 will be released next year in January 2021.***

24/7 Prayer for MK

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At PrayMK we have a simple aim; to encourage and galvanise prayer in the lives of disciples of Jesus across Milton Keynes.

So – we are launching a week of 24 / 7 prayer for Milton Keynes, and I would love to invite you and your church community to be a part of it.

Simply click on the picture above for more details!

Zoom Praise Fest

Everyone is once again invited to join our weekly online Zoom Parish Prayer meeting on Saturday at 6.30 pm.  It is a great opportunity to see each other, share Praise and Worship, and hear testimonies of what God is doing in our lives right now! Join and be encouraged in the path to sainthood!

Click on the link below or download the Zoom app on your phone! For further details or help, please contact Yoofi Clarke on 07725200866 / 07760898977

LINK

World Mission Sunday 2020

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Job Opportunity

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Adoration

For ways of making the most of this special time with Jesus, please click here.

SPIRITUAL BOOKS – FR EMMANUEL OKAMI

Our very own Fr Emmanuel from the neighbouring parish of St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints has published a number of incredibly helpful spiritual books.

If you are interested in exploring the spiritual beauty of our Church, please check them out using the link here.

Spiritual Development – The Rosary

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Cluster Discussion Group

There is another opportunity to join a Cluster Wide discussion immediately after the Webinars to reflect upon how it might apply to us.
If anyone else would like to join us, please contact Ann Smith or Sr Monica using the links below.

There is also an email address where parishioners who aren’t able to join the group after the Webinar, may wish to share their comments:
(clusterpostlockdown@gmail.com).
Please always ‘Reply to All’ so that everyone can read your contribution.

In addition, comments can be placed and read on Facebook at St Barnabas Cluster Post Lockdown Forum. We look forward to a good exchange of comments and ideas.

Register here

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CatholicEnvironmentalism

Laudato Si paragraph 206
“Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act.”

Tip for the Week
Eco-friendly cleaning brands Ecover and Method are sold in most superstores. They produce a range of different household cleaning and laundry agents.

One of the many online sites for eco-friendly products:- Big Green Smile https://www.biggreensmile.com/

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Song of the week Thank you Lord

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A number of people have once again enquired about ways in which they can support the work of our parishes financially during this time. You can do so in one of three ways:

(1) STANDING ORDER VIA YOUR OWN BANK
You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows:

Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Name: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: **Please enter the Parish Name and Area**

 (2) CALL THE FINANCE OFFICE AND DONATE OVER THE PHONE

Every Tuesday between 10am – 4pm, a member of the Diocesan Finance Team will be available for you to donate to one of our Parishes over the telephone. To donate simply call 01604 712065 with your debit or credit card details. The money will go directly to the parish that you designate.

(3) ONLINE DONATION

It is possible to donate online using the link below and specifying the Parish that you wish to donate in both the “Leave a Message” section and the “Leave your name / nickname” sections. This will ensure that any donations will go towards the Parish you wish to support. Link

ONLINE FORM for CHURCH GIVING: It saves time and is safer if you can set up on line giving.  For more information about secure giving click here

PLEASE EMAIL ITEMS TO: office@mk-cluster.co.uk. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: 3pm Wednesday.